CRAP CALLS - I now spend a fair amount of time at home, not just doing nothing but doing loads of different things [loving it!]. Of course, since I’m here we do get phone calls thru the day. I don’t mind, so much, human beings calling - whether fundraising or politicking or whatever. I’m willing and able to be kind to them. BUT I hate those machine people calls = the ones for the back braces, car warranties, health insurance, you name it. [I am on the DoNotCall list]. The ones which try to sound like a human, “Hello this is Jennifer”..pause to allow me to say something, then move right along and try to make me think this is a human. BUT I’m having a great time with my call-blocking phone = I’m sure other manufacturers make them, but the one we have is a Panasonic and when one of those machine calls come in [I answer on speakerphone] I hit the Call Block button and even if they’ve spoofed some innocent Iowa area code and number, they are blocked totally. I’ve noticed in the past few days calls have come in and either died on the vine or show “Call Blocked” on the screen and I punch it off. Not having to receive these calls has been great — I just thought I’d report this small success in fighting the machines.
I found one from a trip in 2006 when I spent about a week in Beijing, China [and two in Bhutan] and joined a small tour group bicycling through the hutongs of the old city. I'm going to be having a show in late July at Artisan Gallery 218 with photos of bicycles from that and other trips over the years. Details of the show will be on the website and in its Newsletter or you can contact me for further information.
Sitting here quietly and my iPhone beeped and a text message came in - "841138 is your Amazon security code" --BUT I have not been on the Amazon site for any purpose today or over the past several days. I immediately went there and changed my password then called Amazon customer service. As the lady explained, someone may have obtained my email and password in some fashion [how I don't know and I had an excellent password, I thought] and tried to buy something or get into the account for some purpose. Thus, since I had 2-factor authentication set up, they couldn't enter because the text came to me with the code, not to them. I know I harp constantly about passwords, password managers and security, but this is additional proof of the need to prevent easy access to one's accounts.